The folks at Nissan decided that 2017 will be the year Godzilla gets a make over. While it seems like subtle changes, it's not just whats on the outside but the inside that counts. Aside from the obvious aerodynamic changes to the front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper. In traditional Nissan fashion, it is not just form but function.
The newly shaped 'V Grille' offers improved engine cooling as well as a deeper front splitter that helps keep the nose more firmly planted. The newly shaped hood is redesigned as well to add stiffness, which aids high-speed stability.
The side skirts now allow for better channeling of airflow around the car. While the front and sides are greatly improved.
The tail end has also been made over. With revamped signature GTR circular tail lights, the exhaust also got an improvement with the dual-paired exhaust outlets flanked by new aft air vents.
The interior also got a major overhaul from Nissan. An all-new “horizontal flow” dash is wrapped in Nappa leather and features a larger 8.0-inch capacitive center touchscreen display. The switch count has been slimmed down from 27 to just 11 and there’s a new Display Command controller on the center console as well as more user-friendly air vent actuators.
Redesigned seats reduce weight while adding more comfort and support, and the shifter paddles have been relocated from the column to the steering wheel to better facilitate cog changes in mid-corner.
Although hardly underpowered, Nissan further tweaked the GT-R’s hand-built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 raising horsepower to 565 and torque to 467 lb-ft; respective gains of 20 and 4 each. A new lighter titanium exhaust system with Active Sound Enhancement adds aural excitement and the GT-R’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission has been revised to deliver smoother and quieter shifts.
Several updates also make the 2017 GT-R more comfortable for long trips. Nissan says the retuned suspension offers a smoother ride. An acoustic glass windshield, new sound insulation, and Active Noise Cancellation allow for quieter cruising, too. Added rigidity in the body structure should continue the GT-R's reputation has a sharp handler, though.
This new Godzilla will be arriving on our shores summer 2016. While no official pricing has been released, we speculate the base price to start at low $100k and up depending on variants and options. Summer can't get here fast enough.